I am not normal. I work all the time and I have every day off. If that makes any sense.
One of the biggest challenges I face when it comes to eating healthy is my schedule. Between all the gigs I have coaching, teaching yoga, and feeding various addictions like Flying Trapeze at TSNY, late night clubbing at UHall, and Pilates Reformer at Fuse, I don’t have a regular schedule to sit for meals.
Especially at nighttime. I’m usually teaching yoga, which means, no eating an hour or more before, and getting home after 9pm when I’m starving but it’s too late to eat much because bedtime is fast approaching (I try to get into bed between 10:30-11p). You should really go to bed feeling a little bit hungry so your body can detox and rest well at night.
So I present to you, obstacle #1. Having a f*cked up schedule which makes it hard to eat when I should.
When presented with an obstacle, first you get to complain about it and make excuses, then once you’re over it and ready to take it on, you figure out what strategies will work to get around it. On the way to your destination, if there’s a fallen tree blocking the road, what do you do? Hit the steering wheel, curse a little, then figure out another route around it.
So yesterday, I was faced with this challenge. I was teaching yoga at 7:30pm, and I knew I was going to get home at 9p and get into bed around 1030pm. So I ate at 5pm, something fairly light that would make me feel satisfied yet not too full, then I decided that when I got home, I wasn’t going to eat anything. I got on the phone instead and chatted with a girlfriend for a while. That was a good distraction until it was time for bed.
So Strategy #1. Make sure to eat a light meal ahead of time before class times, so that you won’t feel too starving afterward. If you still are, eat something really light, like a piece of fruit, which is easily digested within 20-30 minutes, so you’ll still go to bed feeling just a little hungry, but not overly starving.